Are you allergic to your mattress?

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Most people have a love/hate relationship with spring. They love the appearance of green on trees, as they come back to life and blossoms and vibrant colors bursting on flowers and shrubs. On the other hand, pollen fills the air, causing constant sneezing and watery eyes. While, spring is a beautiful season, it sure wreaks havoc on allergies.

At the end of a day, people just want to fall into bed and escape the allergies lurking outside. But what if allergy triggers are lurking in your bed? What if your mattress is contributing to your allergies? It could be you’re spending up to eight hours a day cozied up on a mattress and pillows teeming with dust, dust mites, pet dander and dead skin cells (disgusting!).

Allergies impact millions of Americans. Here are some staggering statistics about allergies from WebMD.com.

  • One in five people have allergy or asthma symptoms.
  • The cost of allergies to our health care system each year is $7.9 billion.
  • 4 million workdays are lost annually because of hay fever.

With so many people walking around feeling miserable due to allergies, it is no wonder we don’t all stay inside with our doors and windows closed. To make it worse, you could be suffering even more due to a dust-ridden mattress.

You can’t control the pollen and grass outside, but you can take control of your home environment to ensure you’re doing everything possible to keep allergens at bay. Here are three tips to keep your bedding as allergy-free as possible:

  1. First, look at the age of your mattress. If it’s more than eight years old, it’s time for a new one. After eight years, your mattress can nearly double in weight due to the accumulation of sweat, dead skin cells, dust and more. Your cozy mattress has become a virtual breeding ground for dust mites. This is definitely not good news for allergy sufferers.
  2. Invest in a washable mattress cover. This will help protect your mattress not only from spills or nighttime accidents if you have children, but also will safeguard your mattress against the accumulation of sweat, dead skin cells and dust. You can’t wash your mattress, of course, so this is the next best thing to protecting the place where you spend 1/3 of your life. Be sure to wash the mattress protector at least every other month, or even more frequently if you sweat a lot at night or allow pets to sleep in your bed. And don’t forget to throw your sheets and pillowcases in the washing machine at least once a week.
  3. Before you lay your head down on your pillow, take a look at what’s under that pillow case – you might be surprised at what you see. Also dust collectors, your pillows should be replaced every two years. Two good ways to determine if it’s time to toss your pillows out and get new ones: the color is no longer a crisp white, but more of a dingy yellow. And if you fold the pillow in half and it doesn’t fluff back out, it’s time for a trip to the store.

One last life hack for your mattress that can help keep it fresh until that eight-year replacement mark is to sprinkle it with baking soda and vacuum it to freshen it up. If you fight springtime – or anytime – allergies, try these tips and rest easier.